Georgia and Tennessee High School NICA Cycling Leagues are Ready to Start Kicking Up Some Trail Dirt in September
The National Interscholastic Cycling Association announces Georgia as the newest High School Cycling League. The Georgia league is a significant new step in NICA’s mission to provide high school mountain biking coast-to-coast by 2020. With nine existing leagues, the addition of Georgia makes 10. NICA has nearly 1,000 licensed coaches who are working with approximately 3,000 student-athletes, giving a very favorable overall supervision ratio of one adult to three student-athletes.
The Georgia High School Cycling League was organized in 2013 to provide competitive mountain biking programs for students in grades 9 to 12. With the cooperation of local race organizers, our partners, and our sponsors we are able to provide a high quality mountain racing experience. We believe that mountain biking is the ‘T-Ball’ of cycling. Regardless of ability level, the Georgia League is committed to providing a positive experience for all student-athletes.
Matt Fritzinger, a teacher at Berkeley High, founded the League with the 2001 NorCal High School Mountain Bike Racing Series. As the coach of the Berkeley High team, he saw that a school team could succeed, but that competition would be required for it to thrive. In the first series, mountain bikers from schools all over Northern California answered the call and came to compete as semi-organized high school teams. Now well over 50 California schools offer well organized mountain bike programs and the high school team sport is spreading to states across the country
A joint effort between the Georgia High School League and Tennessee High School Leagues, the Leaders Summit had over 50 attendees seeking a NICA Coaching License.
I am honored to be on the founding committee for the Georgia High School Cycling League. We have over 30 schools that are already prepared and new teams and riders signing up as I write.
Our inaugural season starts September 7th at Allatoona Creek Park in Ackworth, GA so come on out and join the fun!
Georgia High School Cycling League Mission Statement
The Georgia High School Cycling League works to establish and maintain safe, quality high school mountain bike programs. The League is responsible for establishing a climate that will:
Provide students who have the desire to mountain bike with the coaching and camaraderie that will help them achieve both competitive and non-competitive cross-country mountain biking goals in a safe and enjoyable manner;
Develop an awareness of what it is to be an amateur athlete that is both gracious and respectful to their community;
Create an environment in which they may discover new friendships and find role models;
Guide students towards learning new skills and disciplines, and spread the foundations of mountain bike racing across the U.S.;
Foster a responsible attitude toward the use of trails and wilderness;
Promote the value of cycling to our community as a mode of transportation and as a life long sport.
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